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Holders Esperance reach Champions League final


TUNIS — Holders Esperance reached a third consecutive final of the African Champions League football tournament with a 1-0 win over TP Mazembe on Saturday.

Tunisians Esperence drew 0-0 with TP Mazembe in DR Congo in the first leg, but Mohamed Ben Mansour’s 70th-minute goal in Tunis settled the tie.

Esperance were more adventurous than their opponents and Mansour pounced after a flick-on following a free-kick.
Egyptian side Al Ahly were favourites to join Esperance in the final.

The record six-time African champions were set to play Nigerian side Sunshine Stars late yesterday having earned a 3-3 draw away in the first leg.

The final will be staged over two legs during November with a two-week break between fixtures and the champions pocket
$1,5 million (£940,000) plus a place at the 2012 Club World Cup in Japan.—BBC Sport

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